Last week, hosts in Edinburgh launched the Edinburgh Home Sharing Club. After a successful meetup at the end of May, launching a club in Edinburgh became a priority for many of the home sharers in town who were keen to develop a sense of community among hosts in the area.
A group of 80 home sharers from across Edinburgh turned up to the Cafe Bar at the Traverse Theatre for a lovely evening of festivities. Sue Fraser, one of the club’s leaders opened the event and joined several hosts in expressing why they home share on Airbnb before dazzling the crowd with an acoustic performance. Other hosts spoke to the need for home sharers in Edinburgh to demonstrate their value to the local community and to local politicians. The club will now begin prioritising their goals and what initiatives they hope to work on in the future.
It’s not just Scotland though. In June, hosts launched the Tower Hamlets Home Sharing Club in a local cafe especially chosen by Raj, a club leader and host in Aldgate East. Smaka is Raj’s favourite local cafe which serves a bevy of Swedish treats. Eighteen hosts attended the launch and Raj introduced himself, explaining how home sharing has allowed him to quit City banking and pursue a career teaching mindfulness and meditation. The rest of the evening was spent planning and discussing the objectives of the Home Sharing Club.
The Camden Home Sharing Club also launched in June as home sharers met at The Assembly House in Kentish Town. The club leaders had a vision that the evening would be a celebration of home sharing in the borough and celebrate the benefits that home sharing brings to their local area. Many of these hosts had met at previous meetups in the borough and bonded over their passion for meeting people from all over the world and helping them to experience the best that Camden has to offer.
May saw home sharers in Hackney travel to The Geffrye Museum to launch the Hackney Home Sharing Club. Hosts in attendance shared stories on how home sharing had made a positive impact in their lives and discussed what the aims for the club should be. The final aspect of the launch involved club leaders gathering ideas from hosts about what they would like the club to achieve. Some of those suggestions included participating in community projects such as litter picking and working together to promote a local identity.
May also saw home sharers organise the launch of the Westminster Home Sharing Club at the Fitzrovia Community Centre where one of the club leaders is a volunteer. The launch primarily focused on building friendships and establishing aims for the club in the future. Those in attendance discussed activities they would like to adopt in Westminster such as a small business walk and voluntary actions. They also gave recommendations of their favourite independent restaurants to start laying the foundation for a small business walk.